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Shun Elite Santoku Knife Review

7 Inch Japanese Stainless Steel Blade

Posted by Ken

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Shun Elite 6-1/2-Inch SantokuThis is the top of the line for Shun.

Their Shun Classic Knives are excellent, lower-priced knives.

What this knife has over the Classic knife is the steel. It's a powdered SG-2 steel, which is pretty much the highest-end steel you're going to find in a kitchen knife.

The Shun Elites are handcrafted in Japan. This 6.5" Santoku is designed to be an all-purpose kitchen implement for rocking, chopping, mincing, and slicing food.

It's a bit smaller than the Shun Chef's Knife we reviewed a while back. This also has the Santoku styling.

Its high density and unique 16-degree angle produces uniformly thin slices. Its SG-2 steel construction makes it both stronger and sharper than most competitors, and the black pakka wood handle features a subtle inlaid Asian design and traditional Japanese "hamon line" along the base.

The knife carries a lifetime warranty, but hand washing is recommended for optimal performance and appearance.

The price is high, no doubt, but Shun makes high-quality, high-end knives. You won't be disappointed. It looks great and feels great in your hand, as should a high-quality, hand-crafted knife from Shun.

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